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Capturing Early Eager Learners with Chemistry Comics

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Chemistry Alumni Interview Series: Colleen Kelley

Colleen Kelley graduated in 1991 with a Ph.D. in chemistry at Penn State. After graduating, she pursued a career in academia that led her to her current teaching position at the University of Arizona. Teaching at the university level inspired her to pursue a new creative outlet through comic books that teach young students about chemistry.

Kathryn: Why did you decide to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at Penn State?

Colleen: I chose Penn State Chemistry for my Ph.D. so that I could be a member of Greg Geoffroy’s group. His group was doing research that interested me the most of any of the schools I applied to.

Kathryn: What facet of chemistry were you most interested in?

Colleen: I was interested in Organometallic Chemistry because I had done my undergraduate research in that area and really liked the field.

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